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  Bengals | Rey Maualuga placed on NFI list    Thu Jul 30, 06:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Maualuga is talented, but he gets banged up from time to time. The team will be cautious with him as he deals with this hamstring injury.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower making progress    Thu Jul 30, 04:21 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is optimistic after the first day of training camp Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Hightower indicates things are headed in the right direction, but there's no timetable for when he will be cleared for full contact. He underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.

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Donta Hightower player page


  Ravens | C.J. Mosley cleared for contact    Thu Jul 30, 12:32 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said his broken wrist is close to 100% and that he has been cleared to participate in contact drills.

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  Chargers | Donald Butler has high expectations    Wed Jul 29, 09:05 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Donald Butler said 2014 fell far short of his expectations, Wednesday, July 29. 'It wasn't good enough,' Butler said. 'I'm my own worst critic, so it wasn't good enough hands down. But I'm looking forward to this year. I'm back healthy and ready to go,' said Butler. The veteran linebacker was found to be in great shape when Chargers players reported to training camp.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are likely to make a playoff run this year. They could push the Broncos for the AFC West title, and they're certainly a team to watch in that conference.

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  Patriots | Several players placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 27, 05:24 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (undisclosed), DT Chris D. Jones (calf), WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed), DT Vince Taylor (undisclosed), C Ryan Wendell (shoulder) and LB Chris White (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

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  Chargers | Denzel Perryman missed time    Mon Jul 27, 10:46 AM

San Diego Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) missed practices this offseason due to a hamstring strain.

Footballguys view: The rookie linebacker can be an impact player at the pro level. Perryman does a good job of sniffing out plays as they unfold in front of him, and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. The Chargers will monitor him closely during training camp to prevent any aggravation of the earlier strain.

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  Packers | Casey Matthews to IR    Sun Jul 26, 02:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury that occurred during the team's offseason program.

Footballguys view: After spending four years with the Eagles, Matthews signed with the Vikings earlier this offseason. He was going to compete for a reserve linebacker position and contribute on special teams.

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  Seahawks | No progress on Russell Wilson deal?    Thu Jul 23, 09:27 PM

Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner could agree to a long-term deal by the start of training camp, and the team's focus on Wagner's deal could be a sign of little progress with the negotiations for QB Russell Wilson, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Seahawks can get something done with Wilson, but the time will have to be right. There's no reason to predict this contract situation going either way. We'll know more about their desire to keep Wilson in the future.

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Bobby Wagner player page


  Cowboys | Rolando McClain could begin on PUP list    Wed Jul 22, 07:58 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) could be a candidate to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones Wednesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching the Cowboys defense in training camp and the preseason to see who is set to benefit most from his early season suspension in IDP leagues. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens are the top candidates.

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Rolando McClain player page


  Giants | Jon Beason could be limited at camp    Tue Jul 21, 04:45 PM

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (toe) may see limited repetitions during training camp. Beason said he expects the team to make him be careful with his workload, while also doing what he can to adequately prepare for the season.

Footballguys view: Beason missed all but two games last year due to this toe injury. He's playing the "Mike" for the Giants this year, and Beason should see plenty of action. The Giants need to make sure he's at his best when the regular season starts.

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  Panthers | Luke Keuchly extension coming?    Fri Jul 17, 09:09 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is a free agent after the 2015 season, and the team would like to sign him to an extension this year, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The $101 million contract OLB Justin Houston just signed with the Chiefs shouldn't impact Kuechly's upcoming deal. However, we're expecting Kuechly to set the market price for middle linebackers with an incredibly rich contract. A first-round pick in 2012, Kuechly had his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers earlier this year. He's set to make $11.1 million in 2016, but the Panthers may want to lock him up with a long-term deal at some point this year.

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  Patriots | Don't'a Hightower ahead of schedule?    Mon Jul 13, 02:26 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) said he doesn't have a target date for his return, but said he has visited a doctor and could be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.

Footballguys view: Hightower had shoulder surgery in February with an initial recovery time of six or seven months. He wants to be ready for the start of the regular season, but there's no guarantees that Hightower is going to be ready. He's an option to begin the season on the PUP list if the shoulder isn't healed enough for him to play.

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Donta Hightower player page


  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson ready to play    Mon Jul 13, 02:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) said he's looking forward to training camp after missing all but one game last year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Johnson had missed practices during organized team activities with knee inflammation, but should be full go once training camp starts. The Chiefs defense is a strength, and they're even stronger with Johnson on the field.

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  NFL | Brandon Spikes pleads guilty    Thu Jul 2, 09:01 PM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots) pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run Wednesday, July 1. The plea was meant to clear the road for a return to the NFL for Spikes.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain suspended    Thu Jul 2, 03:01 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse.

Footballguys view: McClain's career had seemingly ended in disappointment after a 2013 retirement, but 2014 saw a revival in Dallas, and McClain was set to come back and start again this year. The Cowboys could give free agent signing Jasper Brinkley a shot inside, or move Sean Lee or Anthony Hitchens into McClain's spot for the first four games of the season.

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  Jaguars | Paul Posluszny still starting?    Mon Jun 29, 04:07 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) is still expected to be a three-down player despite coming off a torn pectoral, according to The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

Footballguys view: Posluszny is a tackling machine when healthy. Even with lack of durability concerns, IDP fantasy players should consider him a top-5 ILB in re-draft leagues. Projecting him for around 100 tackles in 2015 is not out of the question.

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  Colts | Nate Irving ahead of schedule    Sun Jun 28, 09:39 AM

Indianapolis Colts LB Nate Irving (knee) is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and has a chance to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: The Colts could use him rotating into the middle of the linebackers, swapping out with Jerrell Freeman when necessary. He just signed a three-year deal, and the team is certainly betting on him helping solidify the run defense.

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Nate Irving player page


  Patriots | Several could be PUP candidates    Wed Jun 24, 06:12 PM

New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), LB Jerod Mayo (knee) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are all candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Jerod Mayo player page
Chandler Jones player page
Donta Hightower player page


  Patriots | Jerod Mayo not fully healthy    Sun Jun 21, 10:05 AM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) did not participate in offseason workouts and still is not 100% from the torn patellar tendon he suffered last season.

Footballguys view: Mayo suffered the injury back in October, ending his season for the second year in a row (in Week 6) prematurely. He took a massive pay cut to stay with the team earlier this offseason, and the timetable for his actual return is unknown. There's a chance he could begin training camp on the PUP list.

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  Ravens | C.J. Mosley to be ready for training camp    Fri Jun 19, 02:25 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Mosley (wrist) said he'll be full-go once training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Mosley is recovering from wrist surgery and practiced in a limited capacity while wearing a brace during minicamp.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain attending minicamp    Wed Jun 17, 02:55 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) is attending the team's minicamp this week but is not expected to participate in any of the drills.

Footballguys view: The veteran linebacker sat out voluntary OTAs earlier this year as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The plan is to have him eased back at some point during training camp.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee takes part in team drills    Fri Jun 12, 06:55 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) participated in 7-on-7 drills during organized team activities Wednesday, June 10. Lee was limited to individual drills during the first two weeks of organized team activities.

Footballguys view: Getting Lee back will be a huge boost for the Cowboys defense. The team will continue to monitor his health closely as they get to (and through) training camp.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain expected to miss minicamp    Fri Jun 12, 06:43 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) is not expected to participate in the team's minicamp next week. McClain has been in Alabama this offseason recovering from knee surgery.

Footballguys view: McClain is expected to be ready by the start of training camp. He'll play at MIKE for the Cowboys defense again this year after signing a one-year, $3 million contract earlier this year.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson back at practice    Thu Jun 11, 04:23 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday, June 11, after missing the last five practices with knee inflammation.

Footballguys view: Derrick Johnson has been participating in offseason workouts, only taking a little break to rest his knee. We're not worried about his availability for the season and the Chiefs need him in the front seven so they may be cautious with him this summer.

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  Patriots | Brandon Spikes released    Mon Jun 8, 10:13 AM

New England Patriots LB Brandon Spikes was released Monday, June 8.

Footballguys view: Well that didn't take long. Signed on May 18th, the Patriots moved on quickly from Spikes as he's currently under police investigation for a hit-and-run that hospitalized three people in Massachusetts this weekend. If cleared, Spikes may get some interest as a two-down run-stuffing linebacker.

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  Titans | Colin McCarthy retires    Fri Jun 5, 07:30 AM

Free-agent LB Colin McCarthy (Titans) has officially retired from the NFL after four seasons. McCarthy had various health issues through his four years, including a concussion, shoulder and ankle problems.

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  Chiefs | Two defenders miss workout    Tue Jun 2, 06:15 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) and DT Dontari Poe (back) missed organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. Johnson sat with knee inflammation while Poe sat with back pain.

Footballguys view: These key veterans don't need every snap in the offseason. Johnson is a leader the team looks to at the linebacker position. Poe is a mountain of a man who opponents find nearly impossible to move. They'll be back when these minor injuries have cleared up.

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Dontari Poe player page


  Eagles | Four Eagles sitting out    Tue Jun 2, 12:29 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner (undisclosed), LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles'), LB Marcus Smith (leg) and SS Earl Wolff (knee) are out of practice Tuesday, June 2.

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Earl Wolff player page
Marcus Smith player page


  Cowboys | Sean Lee impressing coaches    Sat May 30, 10:22 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) was called a 'ball of energy' for his work during OTAs by defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. 'He's moving well,' Marinelli said. 'We're just being smart as we get him ready to go. But he's got a lot of good quality work in.'

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. All Lee needs to do is stay healthy, and he can make a big impact on the field.

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  Eagles | Kiko Alonso surprising himself    Sat May 30, 09:12 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (knee) practiced without a knee brace during OTAs, and while he admitted to being a little rusty, he said he was surprised by how much he has been able to do as he returns from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: It's good to know that Alonso is on the right track. However, we expect the team to monitor him closely as he continues to recovery. There's no need to aggravate an injury in June during OTAs. The plan is to have Alonso available for the start of the regular season.

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  Eagles | Kiki Alonso feeling good    Sat May 30, 01:59 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (knee) said his knee has been feeling really good during organized team activities.

Footballguys view: The Eagles have a real playmaker here so long as Alonso is healthy. Alonso no longer wears the knee brace that protected the anterior cruciate ligament he tore last year.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman taking part in OTAs    Sat May 30, 10:19 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has been participating in organized team activities but said his knee does not feel like it did before the injury at this point. Bowman has been wearing a brace on his knee but said it limits his quickness and mobility.

Footballguys view: Bowman has no doubt he will return to his pre-injury form, and he acknowledged that the mental side of his rehab has been as tough as the physical side. We'll see if can be a much-needed impact player for the 49ers this season.

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  Eagles | DeMeco Ryans practices    Thu May 28, 06:11 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') practiced Thursday, May 28, although not in a full capacity. Ryans ruptured his Achilles' tendon seven months ago.

Footballguys view: The Eagles defense is getting healthier and could be really effective as we move forward. Ryan had a 110 plus tackle year in 2013, so it's not inconceivable he could replicate it this year. Overall this defense looks very promising.

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  Eagles | Kiko Alonso a full participant    Thu May 28, 12:41 PM

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (knee) was a full participant in organized team activities Thursday, May 28, according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

Footballguys view: The Eagles were pretty confident this would be the case when they traded for him with the Bills. Alonso and Mychal Kendricks should be an very good pairing inside for Philadelphia's defense.

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  Cowboys | Rolando McClain absent at OTAs    Wed May 27, 02:28 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (knee) will not participate in organized team activities after receiving a knee scope recently, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said the knee is believed to be fine.

Footballguys view: A scope is a minor procedure, but it does take a bit of time to recover from. We'll likely see McClain near full strength by the start of training camp.

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  Patriots | Dane Fletcher returns    Wed May 27, 02:29 AM

Free-agent LB Dane Fletcher (Buccaneers) has returned to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract.

Footballguys view: The Patriots get more linebacker depth here after signing Brandon Spikes last week. Fletcher was mostly a special teams contributor when he was with the Patriots earlier in his career, but last year he started four games at inside linebacker for the Bucs.

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  Raiders | Curtis Lofton not participating     Tue May 26, 04:02 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: The Raiders signed Lofton to a three-year contract earlier this year. He's a veteran leader with a ton of experience that can help out younger defenders on the team. As a seasoned veteran, Lofton doesn't need to take every single rep during the offseason.

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  Cowboys | Sean Lee likely to take part in practice    Fri May 22, 06:04 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.

Footballguys view: Getting Lee back on the field could provide a huge boost for the Cowboys defense. We'll see the Cowboys ease Lee back into action as he gets back into the swing of things.

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Sean Lee player page


  Falcons | Joplo Bartu avoids suspension    Thu May 21, 07:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Footballguys view: Bartu started 27 games over the last two years, but he will have to fight for a roster spot in 2015 due to the additions the Falcons made this offseason.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman had scheduled day off    Thu May 21, 07:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman didn't practice Thursday, May 21, as he had a scheduled day off. Bowman is still working his way back from last season's knee injury.

Footballguys view: We'll see Bowman with more of these days off in the future. The team doesn't need to rush him back at the cost of re-aggravating his injury.

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Navorro Bowman player page


  Patriots | Brandon Spikes signed    Thu May 21, 11:05 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has re-signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million through on-field incentives.

Footballguys view: He'll rotate in for the Patriots, but ultimately his overall impact will likely be small, assuming his stays on the roster past training camp.

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  49ers | NaVorro Bowman looking great    Fri May 15, 07:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) has made a strong return to the practice field in early workouts after missing all of last year with a knee injury. Bowman has been able to take part in all workouts from the team's first offseason practice. 'Bowman's looking great,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'Bow looks great. I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we're treating Bow like a post-injury guy right now.' Bowman and LB Michael Wilhoite are projected to be the starting inside linebackers.

Footballguys view: Bowman is one of the last holdovers from the defense that went to the Super Bowl, and the 49ers are going to need him to play like his old self to avoid the cellar in the NFC West. He's a boom/bust IDP LB right now in both redraft and dynasty, but lots of tackle opportunity should be there.

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Michael Wilhoite player page


  Lions | Stephen Tulloch to participate in OTAs?    Wed May 13, 05:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.

Footballguys view: He can return to OTAs soon, but the team doesn't want him to celebrate anything. Tulloch was injured celebrating a sack last year, and now he's going to be eased back in during OTAs. He'll be near 100 percent at the start of the regular season if the recovery goes as planned.

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  Eagles | Philly made big push for Marcus Mariota    Fri May 1, 12:51 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans two first-round picks, one third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and QB Sam Bradford in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Chip Kelly tried as hard as he could, but it's difficult to move up from the 20th spot to 2nd overall. We'll see how Mariota works out with the Titans as he seems to be a bit of an odd fit. In Philadelphia, we would have been much more excited about Mariota's pro prospects.

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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  Eagles | Making big offer for No. 1 or No. 2    Thu Apr 30, 08:06 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade two first-round picks, a third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and possibly other things in order to acquire the first or second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: It wasn't enough. It seems insane that the Titans didn't pull the trigger on that trade, but they took Marcus Mariota. He's a great prospect so you can't blame him but that's a lot of talent left on the table.

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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  49ers | NaVorro Bowman back at practice    Wed Apr 29, 04:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) participated in voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 28. It was Bowman's first practice since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the 2014 NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Bowman's injury has been one that forces us to ask if he'll ever be the same. The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland have been devastating for a 49ers LB corps that needs a healthy Bowman.

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  Colts | Jerrell Freeman signs tender    Mon Apr 27, 09:55 AM

Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27.

Footballguys view: Freeman had held off signing his tender as he wanted a new long-term deal with the Colts. The deadline to sign his tender is Friday, and Freeman had no leverage as zero teams showed interest in signing him away.

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  Patriots | Jerod Mayo a rarity for New England    Sat Apr 25, 08:18 PM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was drafted in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in 2008, making him one of just two players drafted in the top 10 in head coach Bill Belichick's 15 seasons with the team.

Footballguys view: Yes. A history lesson here....and that's about it. The Patriots are usually drafting at the end...or near the end...of the first round because they play deep into the playoffs most seasons.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly's option picked up    Sat Apr 25, 07:08 PM

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer decision in the history of the planet.

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  Eagles | Philly pursuing Marcus Mariota?    Fri Apr 24, 05:54 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor.

Footballguys view: Of course they're looking to add Mariota. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.

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